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  • Pro-Russian men throw stones during the mass storming of a police station in Horlivka, eastern Ukraine, Monday, April 14, 2014. Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov on Monday called for the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops in the east of the country, where pro-Russian insurgents have occupied buildings in nearly 10 cities. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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  • Ramon Pichs Madruga, Co-Chairman of the IPCC Working Group III, Ottmar Edenhofer, Co-Chairman of the IPCC Working Group III, and Rejendra K. Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, from left, pose prior to a press conference as part of a meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, April 13, 2014. The panel met from April 7, 2014 until April 12, 2014 in the German capital.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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  • In this Friday, April 11, 2014 image made from amateur video, provided by Shams News Network, a loosely organized anti-Assad group based in and out of Syria that claim not to have any connection to Syrian opposition parties or any other states, and is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows a man as he lies on the floor with an oxygen mask at a hospital room in Kfar Zeita, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Damascus, Syria. Syrian government media and rebel forces said Saturday, April 12, 2014 that poison gas had been used in the village, on Friday injuring scores of people, while blaming each other for the attack. (AP Photo/Shams News Network)

    Poison gas claims complicate Syrian civil war

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  • A woman walks past a truck waiting to leave for Chad loaded with goods belonging to Muslim residents of the PK5 district of Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday April 9, 2014. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday urged more support for existing African and French troops in Central African Republic on the eve of a U.N. vote to create a peacekeeping mission. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    UN may approve force for Central African Republic

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  • Muslim children gather at a water pump outside the mosque at PK12 in Bangui, Central African Republic, Thursday, April 10, 2014. A few hundred Muslims remain at the entrance of Bangui, waiting for transport to neighboring Chad. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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  • U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power addresses Wednesday April 9, 2014  top officials from the African peacekeeping mission known as MISCA, in Bangui, Central African Republic. Power urged more support for the existing African and French troops in Central African Republic on the eve of a U.N. vote to create a peacekeeping mission expected to take at least five months to have ready on the ground. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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